I didn't realize it until recently, but Kenya is a rice eatin' machine. He'll eat rice no matter what time of day it is and forget a fork or a spoon -- he loves scooping it up with his hands right into his mouth (though I am working on using the fork and spoon more often). And whenever we go to Kenya's favorite Mexican restaurant, he proudly tells the waiter, "I want RICE".

This week I've been featuring series of new recipes that can be prepared using leftovers from the night before. It should come as no surprise that spanish rice is one of Kenya's favorites. I like to make a big batch of it and give him some of the rice one night, some in his lunch the next day with (yesterday's recipe) healthy "refried" beans and then some more in a chicken and rice burrito on the third night (look for that recipe to appear tomorrow). For those of you trying to stretch your budget and meal time preparation (and these days, who isn't?), this recipe is the perfect solution for achieving both!


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Spanish Rice (Serves 6)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 1 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped fine
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 2 Cups Brown Rice (I used short grain brown rice)
  • 3 Cups Chicken Stock (I used low sodium. You can also use vegetable stock if vegetarian. )
  • 1 14 Oz Can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 Tsp oregano
  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 2 Tsp kosher salt


1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot.
2. Saute the onions for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook another minute.
3. Place rice in the pot and stir to coat with oil.
4. Add the chicken stock, diced tomatoes and remaining ingredients and stir.
5. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 1 hour or until tender.
6. Serve.
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  • Ming

    I like to just toss all the ingredients into a rice cooker and watch it come out perfect in about 45 minutes!

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    • Sameera

      My fav meal (like you) was my mom's homemade mracaoni and cheese. So simple, yet so good. We always had it every Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Amazing covered in ketchup.

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  • Asline

    LOVE IT!!!!!

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  • Angie

    OMG, I love your site, it is too cute, and my toddler is a rice machine too! He loves anything with rice, spicy too!

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  • Working Mom

    Great tasting, easy recipe. The whole family (including my 15-month old) enjoys this one!! Perfect for my vegetarian meals-only daycare.

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  • Jessica

    Thank you! Thank you! My 17 month old ate so much spanish rice tonight! He never eats so much (except for crackers) so I was so happy! It's so healthy for him, too! I also made the refried beans and they were delicious! My toddler tasted them, at least! DH and I finished them off with chips. Yum!

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  • CP

    This was a great recipe. I added in some olives and kale and the kids devoured it. Thanks!

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  • Diana Harlick

    my daughter won't eat tomatoes, but probably would eat it if I used tomato sauce. What quantity would you recommend for substituting tomato sauce for diced tomatoes?

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    • Catherine

      you would use about 2 cups of tomato sauce!

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  • Kathy

    I would like to try this for my som who loves rice too. Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned? If so, what other adjustments would I need to make?

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      You can totally use fresh tomatoes! Use about 2 large, very juicy, tomatoes!

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  • Leilei P

    this is so delicious. I just made a batch and added diced carrots too. Will definitely be making this a lot as spanish rice is one of my favorite things to eat.

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